Book Discussion Questions
- Does The Highest Tide remind you of other novels? If so, which
ones and why? If not, what makes it unique?
- At one point, Miles comments that adults are usually more
in what kids are going to become than what they are. Is
Miles an extraordinary child or is he simply another example of the
innocent wisdom of children that adults often overlook?
- The characters in this book are a study in contrasts: Milesís
best friend is an elderly housebound woman, his first love is an
unstable older girl, and his own parents are as indifferent as he is
impassioned. What can we learn from such starkly contrasting
individuals, and how do their relationships shape the book?
- Why do you think Miles and Florence are so close? What do they
offer each other? And what does Kenny Phelps, Milesí foul-mouthed
sidekick, add to the novel? Humor? Realism?
- Miles has a knack for rescuing people and creatures, or at least
trying to. Recall as many rescues or attempted rescues as you can.
What does this trait tell you about Miles?
- Channel 7ís story about the "remarkable Olympia boy" makes much
of Milesí gift for finding and seeing marine life that others canít.
Florence, too, knows what others canít know. What does the novel say
about this ability to see or know things others canít? Is it a gift
or a particular kind of attention?
- The novel is rich with imagery and metaphors. What do you think
the giant squid symbolizes? What metaphors or symbols stood out for
- Do you think this novel carries an underlying environmental
message? If so, what is it?
- Near the end of the story, Miles says, "In the space of a summer
Iíd learned that everything was changing, including me." How has
Miles changed during the summer, and why?
- In the final scene, Miles and Angie ride the outgoing tide in
her canoe, and Miles quotes Rachel Carson: "For all at last return
to the sea Ė to Oceanus, the ocean river, like the ever flowing
stream of time, the beginning and the end." Angie tells Miles that
she and the sea will wait for him. In what ways is the scene
symbolic? What possible interpretations does it suggest?
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PageTurners Book Discussion Groups
The joy and satisfaction you get from reading a
really good book is multiplied many times over when you can share your
thoughts and impressions with others. Timberland Regional Library began
its PageTurners Book Discussion
program in 1997 to provide adults the
chance to join in exciting conversations about books.
Book discussions are held monthly at most of the 27
Timberland libraries. Check the list of
PageTurners Book Discussion groups
or ask at your library. If your local libraryís PageTurners program is
currently inactive or meets at a time that does not work for you, let
your library know about your interest.